Mithali’s fifty steers India to victory against Pakistan

Tanya Simon
November 15, 2018

Veteran Mithali Raj smashed a aggressive half century to guide India to an easy 7-wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Women's World T20 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana last night. The Pakistani bowlers did well enough to take the match as long as the 19th over but couldn't give the finishing touch.

Meanwhile, Mithali Raj added that she was happy to perform whatever role the team required of her.

Mithali Raj is known for playing the holding game to perfection, often stitching big partnerships which the team needs.

"I think today they felt that because there are spinners in the Pakistan side, and it would be wise to open, so I opened the innings for India."Pakistan's Nida Dar said: "Look, it (the penalty runs) is a part of the game, and I know it's a silly mistake from us. But still. India struggled against our bowling, so it's a good thing for us that we defend it very well".

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Following an impressive opening day win against twice runners-up New Zealand, India, who have yet to reach a WT20 final, struck in the first over when Ayesha Zafar was well caught low at wide slip by Veda Krishnamurthy.

After losing Beth Mooney, Australia needed just 9.1 overs to chase the Irish score and take the victory with the loss of just one wicket. However, Nawaz had once again trod on the danger area of the pitch and umpire Redfern penalised Pakistan five runs yet again.

Indian women's T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur won hearts on social media when a video showing the captain carrying an unwell child mascot off the pitch, ahead of the India-Pakistan World T20 clash, surfaced on the internet. "It's important to bat and bowl well in the first 6 overs - we had some plans, I thought we did well with the ball today", Kaur said during the post-match presentation ceremony. Kim Garth with 24 runs was the highest run-getter for the side.

Raj struck 56 off 47 balls, hitting seven fours, as India chased down their target of 134 with an over spare.

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